Meet Our Teachers
Princeton Junior School is pleased to offer private music lessons with local musicians and music educators. Families may choose from acoustic guitar, piano, keyboard, clarinet, saxophone, electric guitar, bass and drums.
Tom has more than 15 years of experience as a musician in clarinet flute, piano, saxophone and composition. He is a jazz saxophonist, recording artist, composer, jazz and instrumental music educator, piano teacher for students with autism, Musical Director for ‘Big Sky Project’ Dance Company, and jazz radio host. He earned a BA at the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music where he studied saxophone with an emphasis on jazz.
Dante is the Music Director at the Princeton School of Rock. A professional drummer, Dante toured internationally with Dandelion as well as other bands including Radiohead, Goo Goo Dolls, the Ramones and Alanis Morrisette. Dante is a multi-instrumentalist, playing guitar, bass, and even the banjo. Following the School of Rock approach, Dante believes that “the best way to learn music is to play music.” Students will develop confidence and skills while listening to and learning real rock songs through ear training and responsive modeling.
Sharis is the Performing Arts teacher at PJS and has been teaching guitar to young children for over 10 years. She is a singer-songwriter and professional musician with years of performance experience. She encourages her students to sing as they learn to play guitar because she believes it makes it an even more enjoyable experience to sing along with a song they are learning.
Natalie began studying violin at the age of 7 and has ben playing and studying strings for 15 years. During her time at West Chester University, she was the Principle Violist of the West Chester University Symphony and Chamber Orchestras. She currently plays in the Transcendence Quartet. The quartet performs professionally, gives classes at Philadelphia area music camps, and performs smaller gigs on the side.